Decision support for criminal sentencing and plea bargaining

Mackenzie, Geraldine and Vincent, Andrew and Zeleznikow, John (2007) Decision support for criminal sentencing and plea bargaining. In: 5th IASTED International Conference on Law and Technology (LawTech 2007), 24-26 Sep 2007, Berkeley, CA. United States.


Most research on developing sentencing decision support systems has focused upon providing ranges of possible sentences for judges. In this paper we investigate developing decision support systems for criminal law defenders. We use Toulmin's theory of argumentation to build an argument based system which focuses upon explaining its reasoning. A criminal defense lawyer can spend considerable time on negotiating a plea. Thus our sentencing decision support system is being extended to support plea bargaining between Victoria Legal Aid and the Office of Public Prosecutions.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2008 02:14
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 02:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: sentencing decision support systems; plea bargaining; online dispute resolution; discretion; Toulmin argumentation
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160203 Courts and Sentencing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940406 Legal Processes

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